Four killed in North Waziristan drone strike

Published: January 23, 2012

Four people were killed in what are believed to be multiple drone strikes in the Datta Khel area of South Waziristan on Monday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Four people were killed in a drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Monday.

Four missiles were fired, one hit a vehicle and one hit a house, an official said. Four people were killed and one was injured in the strike.

Local sources said that there were women present in the house when the missiles were fired and confirmed that they remained safe.

There is no confirmation on the targets of the attacks as yet.

An earlier drone strike had killed a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda in the North Waziristan region. That strike had broken an undeclared eight-week hiatus in attacks by the armed, unmanned drones that patrol Pakistan’s tribal areas and are a key weapon in US President Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism strategy.

The CIA operates a covert drone programme which targets suspected militants in countries like Pakistan.

US officials have described drones as a very effective tool for eliminating high-value enemies in northwest Pakistan, where human intelligence is hard to come by because anyone who provides it risks the wrath of militants.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Saqib
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:08PM

    Here we go again!

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  • A muslim
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 12:15PM

    keep killing until every house in MiranShah and Wazirstan becomes factory of suicide bomber’s, Is that what u want??

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  • marty
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Bravo,four less suicide bombers to worry about.Uncle Sam is literally raining hellfire on these jihadis.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Hafiz Saeed sahib, where are you? You are needed in North Waziristan!

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  • Lobe
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:27PM

    This is the punishment pakistan is receiving from god for troubling minorities from past 60 years.

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  • Babar
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:03PM

    Who knows, who is innocent and who is a terrorist. This whole episode is beyoind me. I hope someday truth will prevail.

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  • Aimal
    Jan 23, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Keep rolling on with UAVs, sure thing it’s effective, as long as innocent people are not killed in the process.

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  • let there be peace
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:29PM

    @Mard-e-Haq:
    *Hafiz Saeed sahib, where are you? You are needed in North Waziristan!*

    Yes, for target practice.Recommend

  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:41PM

    @Lobe, how true you are in defending minorities, as if majority in Pakistan is living with Peace (Aman) from past 60 years. In my view, both minorities and majorities in Pakistan are suffering because of Elite Regime, who are in majority, from past 60 years.

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  • sohaib
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:43PM

    where is our army now? respected COAS u said that drone will not be entertained any more and from now on drone will be grounded…. but what happened to you n your orders? can anyone tell me how long will it take more to get out of this UNKNOWN war….

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  • Mario
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:44PM

    and then we call Taliban “savages”, is this not barbarity?

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  • JSM
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Why are defence forces of Pakistan not shooting down the drones? Is it their incapability/connivance/fear of American retaliation.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 23, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Drone strikes would not be needed if the Government/Army had control of North Waziristan so that such “targets” could be arrested! Just who do you think controls North Waziristan, it is certainly not the Pakistani Government!

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  • Cautious
    Jan 23, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Makes you wonder whether IK strategic plan of closing down the USA airbases, cutting off NATO supplies etc is going to have the desired affect. I would argue that Pakistan has already implemented most of IK’s strategy and Pakistan is as violent as ever.

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  • Jadugar
    Jan 23, 2012 - 6:47PM

    since we are incapable of fighting or eliminating these killers, I thank the drones for doing it for us, each time these fanatics are eliminated I feel a little safer. God bless the drones

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  • Nasir
    Jan 24, 2012 - 3:22AM

    There is nothing wrong in outsourcing our problems to the Americans. They have the backbone to do what we are afraid to i.e confront the mullah

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  • Aceleaf
    Jan 24, 2012 - 6:04AM

    Distroyers of girls schools, the suicide bombers are killed.
    Their sympathizers say they will increase suicide bombings. They have done every bad thing to Pakistan Society but Army & the courts were not able to check them.
    Our society have Taliban appeasers I feel sorry for them.

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  • Aceleaf
    Jan 24, 2012 - 6:11AM

    @JSM:
    nope.It is economical n safe.

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  • Shakky
    Feb 1, 2012 - 4:24AM

    More power to the drones. They’re making life safer for all of us by eliminating the murderous mullahs and their followers.

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